Precautions often apply to pregnancy in any workplace, but being a vet in practice presents additional specific risks. There are concerns and uncertainty about potential hazards, from radiation and inhalant anesthesia exposure, to zoonoses, and the additional mental stress in a profession that already carries high suicide risk.

This book reviews considerations for professionals in clinical veterinary medicine (large and small animal) while pregnant and after giving birth. Veterinarian and veterinary writer, consultant, and mentor Dr Emily Singler speaks directly to veterinary team members (veterinarians, technicians, CSRs, assistants, students) who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. She delivers scientific information on the specific risks to the mother and baby that may be encountered during pregnancy while working in veterinary medicine, with some of her own and others’ experiences to add perspective and humor.

The book also covers topics related to mental health challenges, announcing a pregnancy and planning for parental leave, navigating the fourth trimester, and returning to work. We hope that having read this book, veterinary professionals – whether pregnant or working with pregnant colleagues – will feel better supported and empowered to make informed decisions.

chapter 1|12 pages

Radiation and imaging

chapter 2|10 pages


chapter 3|13 pages

Infectious diseases

chapter 4|16 pages

Drugs and chemicals

chapter 5|18 pages

Injuries and ergonomic hazards

chapter 6|11 pages

Stress and fatigue

chapter 8|14 pages

Announcing pregnancy at work

chapter 9|22 pages

Planning parental leave

chapter 10|17 pages

The fourth trimester and parental leave

chapter 11|18 pages

Mental health

chapter 12|29 pages

Returning to work